I have waited for too long time to finally be able to buy my first digital SLR-camera, which has to be a Canon due to all the lenses I have since before. I was quite interested in 5DMII when i tcame but when it was revealed that the video functions were not the best I put everything on hold hoping that a new camera would come later on.
As I'm still heading for a full framer I wonder if the newer DMII's have been uppgrade with better firmware/functions making it worth while buying? My goal is to get rid of my old heavy video camera and have a modern SLR instead. .
Marco, a DSLR is not yet a replacement for a camcorder. The 5D MK II FF image made it very popular with cinematographers on a budget who were willing to work around its shortcomings to get video with low light sensitivity and depth of fieds that, in 2008, that was only available on $200K cameras.
However, be aware - No autofocus means that your camera will not automatically keep a moving subject in focus, and focusing manually on a moving subject is not something easily done. It really is different from a camcorder.
Editing the video can also be difficult, its not a easy format to edit, but at least, there is now low cost software that can handle editing on a fairly powerful computer with good video card. In 2008-2009, this was a big issue.
Movie makers get by with what is basically APS-C format (Super 35), and there are a few APS-C digital Cameras that do autofocus while shooting video, so for replacing a camcorder, give those a look. The Sony Nex 7, is brand new and very popular among enthusiasts. It too has limitations shooting video, so read the reviews very carefully and understand its limitations.